Covina man pleads guilty to murder charges for double-fatal DUI crash in La Verne

LA VERNE — A Covina man pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of murder in connection with a a drunken driving crash in La Verne that killed his two passengers, authorities said.
Alan McConnell, 28, faces 15 years to life in prison when he returns to Pomona Superior Court for sentencing on April 22, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said in a written statement.
McConnell had become involved in a minor traffic crash on Jan. 23, 2010, at Foothill Boulevard at Damien Avenue and was fleeing the scene in his 2000 Pontiac Grand Am when he struck a center median and a tree at Foothill Boulevard and Wheeler Avenue, prosecutors and police said.
His passengers, 22-year-old Telassie Dague and 20-year-old Renee Hardy, 20, both of Alta Loma, suffered fatal injuries in the crash.
McConnell had nearly twice the legal limit of alcohol in his blood at the time of the crash, officials added.
In exchange for his guilty plea, district attorney’s officials said, authorities dropped seven misdemeanor charges, including hit-and-run, drunken driving and driving on a suspended or revoked license.
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